LITTLE SILVER: RBR NAMES 6 TO HALL OF FAME

Pictured left to right are the 2017 inductees for the RBR Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame: RBR teacher Cassandra Dorn; Red Bank Middle School Vice Principal James T. Pierson; Dr. Erin Curtis, Optometrist; Sergeant Joey Fields, Red Bank Police Department; Dr. Carol A. Penn, physician family medicine, and Ramona Johnson, special education teacher, Newark NJ public schools.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the morning of April 28, an annual highlight of spring took place once again at Red Bank Regional High School,when the BUC Backer Foundation inducted six RBR graduates into its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

State Senator Jennifer Beck, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, Red Bank Councilman Michael Whelan, Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden, and Little Silver Councilman Daniel O’Hern were among the friends, family members and community neighbors who gathered in the school’s theatre to celebrate the contributions of this year’s honorees. The inductees were introduced by the RBR Buccaneer Newspaper students, who wrote bios on the alumni for a commemorative journal, and musical accompaniment was provided by the piano majors of RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy. The festivities continued with a celebratory luncheon catered by the RBR culinary students.

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SHREWSBURY: DAYCARE CENTER APPROVED

Lightbridge Academy plans to build a facility at Shrewsbury Avenue and Harvard Way. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A rapid makeover of Shrewsbury’s northwestern corner continues with the approval last week of a large new daycare facility.

The borough planning board OK’d a plan by Lightbridge Academy, a franchisor of educational centers for children from infancy to kindergarten, to build a two-story, 11,600-square-foot facility with outdoor play areas on Shrewsbury Avenue.

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SHREWSBURY: BIG PROJECTS IN THE WORKS

766-broad-shrews-010617The former Catelli Brothers slaughterhouse on Broad Street is to be demolished to make way for 81 senior-living units under a plan approved last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Some big developments are on drawing boards in Shrewsbury:

• A former abattoir is to be razed to make way for senior housing

• Three office buildings would be demolished and replaced by new supermarket

• And hearings continue over a proposal for a gas station and convenience store.

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SHREWSBURY: CORNER GETTING A MAKEOVER

shrews chelsea living 081016Chelsea Living, a senior citizens’s assisted-living facility, has been approved to replace the vacant former Shrewsbury Manor nursing home at Shrewsbury Avenue and Patterson Avenue, below.  (Rendering by Meyer Design; photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

sbury manor 080916A dowdy stretch of Shrewsbury roadway is in the midst of a makeover.

An old bunker-like warehouse building is gone from the northeast corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and Patterson Avenue, replaced by two new retail businesses. And at the the southeast corner, the overgrown former site of a nursing home is about to get a new assisted-living residence for seniors.

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SHREWSBURY: NAVESINK EFFORT UPDATED

sickels schuster 080416Red Bank Administrator Stanley Sickels, left, discussed sewer lines with the DEP’s Bob Schuster after the meeting at Shrewsbury’s borough hall Thursday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Hoping to curb high levels of bacteria associated with human and animal waste in the Navesink River, a New Jersey environmental official offered local mayors and environmental activists evidence of minor success Thursday night.

It involved horse manure.

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SHREWSBURY: SANDY RELIEF FOR CHURCH

Christ ChurchPress release from Christ Episcopal Church

The historic Christ Episcopal Church in Shrewsbury has been awarded two Sandy Disaster Relief Grants. These grants are to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation, and repair of historic properties damaged by the storm. The full list of 37 such awards was announced recently by the Christie administration.

For Christ Church, one grant is for the church building and surrounding graveyard while the other is for the Rectory. Christ Church was founded in 1702 and the church building was erected in 1769. The oldest gravestone in the graveyard is 1719. The church building, situated at the corner of Broad and Sycamore in Shrewsbury, is on the Federal and State Registers of Historic Places. Built in 1824, the Rectory is on Sycamore Avenue about one quarter mile from the church, and is in the Four Corners Historic district. The Rectory was built in 1824.

The award figure for the church is $150,650; the Rectory amount is $122,930. These awards will enable the parish to repair these structures, and to ensure their greater resilience against future such storms. The applications for the grant were greatly aided by Margaret Westfield of Westfield Associates.

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RBR HONORS A HALL OF FAME FIVE

RBR HallOfFamePictured left to right are the April 25 induction luncheon for the 2014 Red Bank Regional Hall of Fame Inductees are Gregory Montgomery, Tiffaney Harris, honorary faculty inductee Dr. Seymour Siegler (seated), Dr. James Burden, and Brian Steckroth. Take it here for more on this year’s inductees and the Hall of Fame program.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Friday, April 25, the Red Bank Regional Education Foundation (RBREF) held its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Red Bank Regional High School. Entering the Hall of Fame this year were Greg Montgomery (Class of 1983), former NFL Football Player & Mental Health Advocate; Tiffaney M. Harris (Class of 1989), longtime Red Bank School District staff member and consummate community volunteer ; Dr. James Burden, D.M.D. (Class of 1991), mobile dentist to the elderly and infirm; and Brian Steckroth (Class of 1998), US Naval Academy Graduate, All-American and decorated Iraqi War Veteran. This year’s faculty honoree was Seymour Siegler, Ed.D. Red Bank High School biology teacher and guidance counselor (1957-1972), and co-founder of the Holocaust Museum at Brookdale Community College.

“The selection criterion for induction into the Hall of Fame involves being a role model for our current students,” Jacqueline Caruso Smith, committee chairperson for the event, informed the audience. “Whether someone attended our school 50 or 15 years ago or was a faculty member, they must have distinguished themselves by making some unique contribution in their careers and served their communities with honor and significant commitment.”

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SHREWSBURY: VEAL PLANT ‘GOOD NEIGHBOR’

catelli 012814The Catelli Brothers slaughterhouse on Broad Street.

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01The shutdown of the Catelli Brothers veal slaughterhouse over allegations of animal abuse “shocked” Shrewsbury officials, Mayor Donald Burden said Tuesday.

The suspension of operations ordered Friday by the United States Department of Agriculture followed a complaint and undercover video purporting to show “egregious inhumane handling of calves in violation of federal law,” according to the Humane Society of the US, which prompted the action.

“It’s operated there for years, and we’ve never had any complaints from neighbors or to the police department,” Burden told redbankgreen.

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SHREWSBURY: SLIGHT LIMP BUT IN OK SHAPE

donald-burdenShrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden in his office at borough hall. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The theme for Donald Burden the last two years has been ‘falling.’

In 2009, just two months before he was set to retire after 47 years at McGraw-Hill, Burden was cleaning his gutters when he took a fall from the roof, leading to four surgeries on his legs and a slight gimp.

Then, last year, Burden, who was Shrewsbury’s council president, was approached by then-Mayor Terel Cooperhouse, who said he wasn’t running for re-election and asked Burden if he’d like to take the spot on the ticket.

It wasn’t something he expected or envisioned when he moved to town in 1976.

“I just fell into it,” said Burden, a Republican who was elected mayor in an uncontested race in November.

With three months under his belt, Burden can readily declare his borough — and his legs, to a certain degree — in good shape for the future.

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